Metric – Youth Without Youth
I’ve been a Metric fan since I was 14 so I’ve been waiting anxiously these past three years for some new Metric music and FINALLY “Youth Without Youth” is here to cure my Metric withdrawal! The first single off their upcoming album Synthetica is a great guitar driven track. It’s faster and louder than most of Metric’s other music and it’s nice to hear lead singer Emily Haines using her voice to its full potential. I could see this being a serious song to jam out to during one of their upcoming concerts. You can pick up Synthetica on June 12.
Santigold – Proud Mary
I had the good fortune of seeing Santigold at Coachella and this woman has some serious talent. In her cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s famous “Proud Mary,” Santi White adds her own flavour to the jam. Instead of a straight up cover of the song, she adds some synth, African beats, and belts the song in her own robotic style. I’m loving this new take on a classic track.
Foster the People – Houdini
It’s been about a year since Foster the People’s smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks” was released, and I still can’t go into any clubs without hearing remixes of the song and watching the young folk go nuts to the catchy alternative tune. However, for those who are itching for some new material from these boys, the video for their new single “Houdini” was just released. In the video, lead singer Mark Foster and the gang die a tragic death on the set of their new video, but since they have a show coming up in two days, the music industry moguls decide to turn their dead bodies into Backstreet Boys-esque robots complete with dance routines, white outfits, and flying instruments. The song itself is catchy and features a great high-pitched solo guitar section. Dare I say, “Houdini” may just be better than “Pumped Up Kicks.”
Smims&Belle ft. Azealia Banks – Blue Jeans remix
Somehow, Foster the People’s Mark Foster and Isom Innis found some time between dying on set and being revived as robots to create a side DJ project called Smims&Belle. Their first mix turns Lana Del Rey’s Blue Jeans into a real club stomper featuring up and coming rapper Azealia Banks. The mix has the making for a serious dance hit with pumping synths, and turns Del Ray’s soothing voice into a technofied version. Definitely adding this mix to my dance party play list.
MIA — Come Walk With Me
MIA shows us how teasers are done with the promo clip for “Come Walk With Me,” from her upcoming album Matangi. The whole point of a teaser clip is to get people excited and even though this one is incredibly simple, it does the trick. That’s right, you don’t have to release a series of 20 second, highly-edited clips to torture us Justin Bieber! MIA’s clip features several young people dancing to the beat driven track.